Clemson commenced spring practice Wednesday afternoon and the rain forced the Tigers indoors as they worked out in helmets and shorts. This marked the first practice for several highly acclaimed rookies like QB Trevor Lawrence, OL Jackson Carman and DE Xavier Thomas. But Swinney said he also likes how his veterans look and it won’t be easy for the new guys to just waltz right in to playing time.
One of those distinguished vets, DL Dexter Lawrence, won’t participate in spring drills to give him more time to recover from foot and ankle injuries.
Swinney talked with the media prior to the start of practice: